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Blount back with Bombers

Former all-star kick returner Eric Blount has signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"With the loss of Albert Johnson III, Eric's return skills will be greatly welcomed by our team," Winnipeg assistant GM Brendan Taman said. "We don't want to overlook his abilities as a running back either.

"He has proven that he can be a solid CFL running back."

Blount, 30, returns to the site of his most recent success.

In 1998, as a Bomber, he set CFL records for kickoff returns in a season (64) and kickoff return yardage (1,695).

Blount also had 78 punt returns for 1,051 yards -- the fourth-best in CFL history.

His combined total of 3,816 yards that year is second in CFL history, 24 yards behind the record set by Toronto's Pinball Clemons in 1997.

The Bombers traded Blount, wide receiver Mitch Running and two players on Winnipeg's negotiation list to the Toronto Argonauts for quarterback Kerwin Bell and wide receiver Reggie Swinton in March, 1999.

He was released by Toronto after four games, moving to Montreal where he appeared in three games.

Prior to joining the Bombers for the first time in 1998, Blount spent four seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Blount's pro career began in the NFL when the Phoenix (now Arizona) Cardinals selected Blount in the eighth round of the 1992 draft.

He played two years for the Cardinals.